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Cheese Balls

Cheese Balls

Carb Free, Low Fat

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These are lovely for Shavuot or for entertaining – or just as a nice treat for yourself. A combination of the various garnishes is beautiful, satisfying, filling and low in everything. These can be served with an assortment of fresh-sliced, low-glycemic fruits and vegetables.

Yield: 17 servings

  • 11/2 cups farmer cheese
  • 1/2 cup 5% soft white cheese, or low-fat ricotta (well-drained)
  • 1 cup low-fat grated yellow cheese (muenster, cheddar etc.)
  • 1/4 cup scallions, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce(optional)

Garnishes:

  • 1 tablespoon sweet or sharp paprika
  • ⅓ cup minced dill
  • ⅓ cup minced parsley
  • ⅓ cup roasted nuts, coarsely chopped
  • ⅓ cup roasted sesame seeds

Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Form the mixture into small balls and roll in any or all of the garnishes (see below). Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days. It is not recommended to prepare these in advance and freeze.

Sweet Variation: Omit scallions. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and roll in cinnamon.

Another Variation: For a Chinese twist, use 1 tablespoon light soy sauce instead of the Worcestershire and roll in minced fresh ginger.

Nutrition Facts: Serving size (ball) 1 (oz) 1 (g) 30 Calories 41 Protein (g) 5 Carbs (g) 0.9 Fat (g) 2 Sat. Fat (g) 1.2 Cholesterol (mg) 5 Sodium (mg) 110 Calcium (mg) 96 Fiber (g) 0 Exchanges: Medium-fat protein 1/2

The following recipes are excerpts from EnLITEned Kosher Cooking by Nechama Cohen with permission from Feldheim Publishers.
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Mrs.Epstein Boca Raton, Florida USA June 11, 2007

soft white cheese It is commonly found in Israeli or Kosher markets in the dairy aisle. Reply

Anonymous May 19, 2007

Great sounding recipe! Can anyone tell me what soft white cheese is? Is it cottage cheese? And if not, is there another name for it that I would be more familiar with, and where do I purchase it? Thanks! Reply

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